Titel: Politics and Film: The Political Culture of Film in the United States
Autor/en: Daniel P. Franklin
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBL GROU
Februar 2006 - gebunden - 232 Seiten
Politics and Film explores the meaning of film within a societal context. In examining the political role of films we become real time cultural anthropologists, sifting through the artifacts of modern society to determine what our culture really is all about. Common sense tells us that if filmmakers want to make a profit, they have to be responsive to the market. This doesn't mean that they have to produce a product that simply delights the eyes. Films must also please the mind, and not just in terms of satisfying our desire to be entertained (although that alone is sometimes enough) but also deepen our understanding of people, ideas, and problems that we may confront in everyday life. In this respect, even commercial films are political. And, if "we are what we eat," we may also say, "we are what we pay to see." This book contends that to a large extent American film reflects political culture in American society.
Chapter 1 Introduction. Feature Film: Master and Commander: On the Far Side of the World Chapter 2 Film, the Media, and American Tales. Feature Film: The Coneheads Chapter 3 Industry and Bias: The Political Economy of Film. Feature Film: X2 Chapter 4 Who Makes 'Em and Who Watches 'Em. Feature Film: The Postman Chapter 5 Film Content: Cause or Effect? Feature Film: Taxi Driver Chapter 6 Film Criticism: What Is a Bad Movie? Feature Film: Working Girl Chapter 7 Why They Don't Make Them Like They Used To. Feature Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Chapter 8 Movies, Censorship, and the Law. Feature Films: Five Mystery Films Chapter 9 Conclusion. Feature Film: Kill Bill: Vol 2 10 Filmography with Commentary by the Author 11 Index
Daniel P. Franklin is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Making Ends Meet: Congressional Budgeting in the Age of Deficits and Extraordinary Measures: The Exercise of Prerogative Powers in the United States and is coeditor of Political Culture and Constitutionalism: A Comparative Approach. He teaches courses on American government, politics of the presidency, and politics and film.
Students, citizens, and scholars are increasingly aware that films' stories and metaphors-'American Tales,' if you will-influence our perception of politics. Daniel Franklin's Politics and Film is a welcome contribution to our ongoing conversation about the evolving relationship between entertainment, art, commerce, and politics-and how this in turn affects the shape, style, and bias of our political attitudes and collective memory. Those who wish to connect the dots between the reel world of Hollywood and the real world of American political culture will find some serious food for thought in this engaging, entertaining book. -- Kevan M. Yenerall, Clarion University and co-author, Seeing the Bigger Picture: Understanding Politics Through Film and Television This is a fun book to read, hard to put down, and spiked with intriguing information that will be unfamilair to most readers. Students of all ages will love it. Political Science Quarterly It has become practically a national pastime to criticize Hollywood movies for their sex, violence, and ultra-liberal politics. But why are films like that? In this book Daniel Franklin enters the scholarly controversy about the sources of American film content. His conclusion, vigorously argued, is that film-makers are simply acting as good capitalists and responding to the audience. Because filmgoers are more secular and liberal than the population as a whole, films are more secular and liberal than they would otherwise be. -- David Prindle, University of Texas, Austin